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2018 Sydney Cup

sydney premier league2018 sees the launch of a brand new competition for table footballers based in Sydney (or who will be in Sydney very regularly through the year). In an Australian first, the Sydney Cup will run right across the year as a stand alone, knockout tournament, for all players of all clubs as well as those without club affiliation.

The tournament will be conducted as a ‘double-elimination’ tournament, meaning that players are not knocked out until they lose for a second time. All rounds and games will be completely unseeded. Each round will be allotted a period of time to be completed and it will be up to players to contact their opponent and organise a suitable time to play before each round deadline. For full tournament rules, before entering, please read through the entire
tournament guidelines document pdf file here.

Entry is completely free, just fill in the form below to become part of the action. Entries close at midnight on Friday, Feb 9 and the first round of games will take place throughout February.

Landmark Video Coverage for the 2018 Asian Cup of Table Football

This weekend, Asia’s biggest Table Football tournament is taking place in Melbourne, Australia with 65 players set to compete over 3 individual categories in addition to Club and National team matches.

The event is part of the Federation of International Sports Table Football (FISTF) world tour and holds the status of a ‘continental championship’ which offers the highest ranking points outside of the World Cup.

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This event is set to take the organisation of Table Football events to another level and its media coverage will be no different. For the first time, matches will be professionally live streamed through facebook live on the Subbuteo Australia facebook page.

Live video will commence on Friday Night with the Tournament draw taking place at 9:30PM AEDT.

Match streaming will begin at approximately 10am each day and will cover a feature match each session building up to the final matches on each day which will feature live commentary from the venue in addition to a scoreboard and time clock.

The Tournament Venue

The Tournament Venue

In addition to live streaming, you can follow all the results through this link: https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=8F15AFC973B4AB3C!105&ithint=file%2cxlsx&app=Excel&authkey=!AOJYjqZb_MuVU7Y

The document will be updated as results are entered so you can keep up to date with the action as it happens!

MATCH SCHEDULE FOR STREAMING

All matches streamed live at: www.facebook.com/SubbuteoAustralia

All times in AEDT

Friday 19 January

9:30pm: Tournament Draw

Saturday 20 January

10:00am onwards: select matches

4:15pm: U19 and Ladies Final

7:15pm: Open Final

Sunday 21 January

10:00am onwards: select matches

2:15pm: Club Teams Final

3:30pm: Japan vs Australia

4:30pm: Singapore vs Japan

5:30pm: Australia vs Singapore

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Official Asian Cup Song Launched

shooter ready coverSHOOTER READY – KEEPER READY – SHOOT!
by Subbuteo All-Stars

Ricky Martin, Shakira, Pitt Bull, Santana, Il Divo, Lonnie Donegan, Placido Domingo, Anastacia, New Order, The Spice Girls, Dizee Rascal, Freddie Mercury, Del Amitri, The Pogues…

Add Subbuteo All-Stars to that list of luminaries who have contributed official songs for teams and tournaments over the decades. The Asian Cup of Table Football is heading to Melbourne, Australia in 2018 and Subbuteo All-Stars have got the music to keep you pumped. With a starring cameo from Australian Subbuteo legend (and current FISTF President), Steve Dettre, ‘Shooter Ready – Keeper Ready – Shoot!’ will drill its way into your head and lodge itself there for you to hum and whistle to your heart’s desire.

Though they have created a catchy, modern pop classic, Subbuteo All-Stars understand that not all table footballers were born this millennium, so to cater to some of the range of players and fans of all ages, they’ve also reworked the song into an 80s synth-pop anthem, an early 90s acid house banger and a brooding 2010s trap track. Rumours of black metal and Eurovision entrant versions remain just that at this stage, but who knows what the future may hold?

Download your copy of the single with all the remixes for free (or make a donation), stream them, pass them on to friends but, most of all, make sure you sing along as you head to Melbourne to pit yourself against Asia’s best over the Subbuteo pitches.

(please remember – laptop and phone speakers are not proper sound systems. plug into a proper sound system, turn up the bass and play it loud!)

Anas tops the year as the Asian Cup approaches!

Singapore’s Anas Rahamat capped a fantastic 2017 by ending the year as Asia’s No.1 player, edging Jurong clubmate Rudy Hesty into second place.

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Anas rose a remarkable 11 places since last December, though at the top of the table his performance was outshone by Sydney TFC’s Fabrizio Coco who has moved 30 places over the course of the year.
The world and Asian rankings mean the following players will be the likely seeds at the Asian Cup in Melbourne, assuming 48 players:
1 Anas RAHAMAT Jurong Central SC
2 Rudy Hesty ROSLAN Jurong Central SC
3 Bernard LIM Singapore Lions SC
4 Peter THOMAS Melbourne TFC
5 Fabrizio COCO Sydney TFC
6 Benji BATTEN Melbourne TFC
7 Den Mulia YUSNI Singapore Lions SC
8 Antonio CARABILLO Dragons Hong Kong
9 Raffaele LOMBARDI Sydney TFC
10 Eliot KENNEDY Northern Falcons TFC
11 Vikas K CHANDIRAMANI Jurong Central SC
12 Kenzo KOI Yokohama OSC

If we reach the target of 50 players, then Robert Green will edge into 13th seed.
There are 133 Asian players in the world rankings, the same as last December. A total of 26 players dropped out of the rankings, but we gained 26 new players. Our collective aim is to entice those dropouts back into action!!!

Jurong Central finished the year as No1 in the team’s category, pipping Singapore Lions who had dominated the season.
It will be a huge teams event in Melbourne, with Jurong and Lions bringing their top teams, but Melbourne and Western Flickers, along with Sydney TC and Northern Falcons having extremely competitive outfits.

Full rankings are listed here.

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – Open ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – Ladies ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – U12 ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – U15 ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – u19 ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – Vets ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – Teams ASIA

Hugh Best Joins ATFA Board

best, hughRecently, ATFA Board member, Brisbane Subbuteo Club’s Giuseppe Tardiota, moved back to his homeland of Italy, meaning his role on the Board became vacant. After a call out for nominations to replace him, Hugh Best of the Subbuteo Perth club came forward and all ATFA members were invited to vote on whether they endorsed his inclusion on the Board. We are pleased to announce that, following an overwhelmingly positive vote of approval from ATFA members, Hugh has now taken his place on the ATFA Board. We would like to congratulate Hugh and welcome him aboard.

2017 Spring League Cup – Subbuteo Parramatta Leg

IMG_0084Following the completion of the Spring League, being run in three of Sydney’s club – Northern Falcons TFC, Subbuteo Parramatta and Sydney TFC – the final three weeks of November were set aside for each club to take a turn hosting a WASPA tournament. The last of these was held by Subbuteo Parramatta at their Bella Vista Good Games headquarters. Nine players joined in, most of who had not been able to play in any of the other two tournaments in the previous weeks.

Eliot Kennedy, Steve Dettre and Adrian Elmer were seeded into the three groups, with the other six players randomly placed. Steve Diasinos and Gordy Dudley assured organisers they would be arriving, just a little late, but double checks were made to ensure they were heading to the correct venue – you can never be too careful with these two. After a year without playing, Jordan Kolaczyk was also making a return, sporting his newly hand-painted i-Base Professionals.

IMG_0088The opening round of games through up a few surprises. In Group 1, Dave Sultana was at his consistent best and held top seed, Eliot, to a goalless draw. In Group 3, Kostas Barbaris showed the results of a few months’ solid play against some of Australia’s best players within his own club, Sydney TFC, his defensive flicking being particularly good and surprising Adrian with two quick, well worked goals. Adrian pulled one back just before half time and found an equaliser a few minutes before full time but Kosta was unfortunate that his immense improvement this season was not rewarded more. Meanwhile, in Group 2, Falcon Steve Dettre edged past club mate Adrian Grunbach with a 2-1 victory, Adrian’s late surge making Steve very nervous. The second phase saw Dave eventually take hold of his match against Jordan, who was having his first flick since the 2016 Spring League, with Dave taking the honours 2-0. Adrian G and Gordy played out a tight affair, Adrian scoring a solitary goal to earn the 3 points. Meanwhile, in a real arm wrestle, the two Greeks, Kostas and Steve Diasinos, took each other to the wire, with Steve also finally coming out with a single goal victory. In the final group matches, Eliot gave Jordan a bit of a Subbuteo lesson as Jordan grew increasingly desperate to get forward possession. Steve Dettre managed to squeeze one goal past Gordy Dudley who was defiant in his defence. Steve did have one shot right on full-time which found the net. It was unclear to all involved whether it had happened before or after the final whistle, however, so a 1-0 scoreline was settled on. Steve Diasinos had all the possession and applied all the pressure in the opening five minutes of his game against Adrian E, culminating in a beautiful shot on the run that sailed goalward. Somehow, Adrian managed to grab his ‘keeper with his left hand and get it in the way of the shot, the rebound ending deep in Steve’s half. One possession and three flicks later, the ball was in the back of Steve’s goal from a shot from an acute angle by Adrian. The circumstances of the goal turned the game on its head, finishing 3-0 to Adrian, a scoreline which flattered him but which he was delighted to inflict on Steve.

In the Repechage play-offs, Kostas and Gordy played out a 0-0 draw before each putting a solitary goal past Jordan, making for a very democratic conclusion. The Barrage round saw a typically tight tussle between Subbuteo Parramatta club mates Adrian E and Dave. Adrian managed to score a solitary goal to maintain his unbeaten competitive record against Dave. Meanwhile, in their first ever match up, Adrian G gave Steve Diasinos a spanking, slotting 3 unanswered goals past Steve’s ‘keeper. Adrian E than, unfortunately, ran into a brick wall in the shape of the diminutive Eliot. Eliot bossed the match and ran out a 4-0 winner. Meanwhile, Steve Dettre controlled the bulk of the possession in his semi against Adrian E, but couldn’t find a way past Adrian’s staunch defence (though Adrian was lucky to see one of Steve’s shots rebound off his unattended goalkeeper). Adrian, however, did manage some of his own counterattacks and 2 of these resulted in goals, one in each half.

IMG_0107Dave maintained Steve Diasinos’ misery in the 5th/6th play-off, putting one goal past his team mate. Meanwhile, Adrian G made a complete about face from the opening round encounter with Steve Dettre, taking a 3-0 lead into the half-time break. Steve came out with a better performance after the break, winning the half but still succumbing 4-2 in the 3rd/4th play-off. The grand-final saw the tournaments two shortest players face-off (something to do with centres of gravity being an advantage or something). In a fairly dour, technical match, Eliot pressed for much of the game, as he usually does, but Adrian’s defensive organisation and flicking were meaning his ‘keeper had little to do. Midway through the second half, however, Eliot got the half chance that was all he needed after a poor defensive flick from Adrian, and took the lead. Adrian attempted to take the game to Eliot but didn’t create any meaningful chances, meaning Eliot was able to take the tournament with a 1-0 victory.

Another great evening of friendly rivalry. As always, a great thanks to Nathan at Bella Vista Good Games for hosting us with lots of room for our pitches. Over the three weeks of Spring League Cup tournaments, 17 different players were able to take part. Many have one eye on the Asian Cup approaching in January and the series proved to be an invaluable opportunity for all players to continue improving.

for more photos click here

for full results click here

Anas Rahamat maintains his lead in Asian Rankings

Anas Rahamat (SGP) has maintained his #1 ranking in Asia as we move into the final weeks of 2017, while Cedric Garnier (JPN) has edged into second place in the latest FISTF rankings.
The next events will hold great importance as final rankings before the Asian Cup determine group seeding in late January.
There was not much movement at the top of the table, with Singapore claiming 9 of the top 20, Australia 8, Japan 2 and Hong Kong 1.
Most movement happened inside the top 50, with Northern Phoenix’s Paul Mercer moving up 10 places, and Melboourne TFC’s Luke Radziminski rocketing up 18.
Western Flickers’ Adrian Connolly was the biggest mover, leaping 37 places to 69th, closely followed by clubmate Arjuna Hanafi who moved 22 places.
With two new players in the ranking, there are now 135 players in Asia in the FISTF rankings.
In the other rankings, it was pretty much the same as last rankings, which could lead to some intriguing groups in the Teams event in Melbourne.

Latest rankings for Asian players.

Open
FISTF Ranking main Aug Open 2017

Ladies
FISTF Rankings Nov 2017 movement – LadiesASIA

Teams
FISTF Rankings Nov 2017 movement – TeamsASIA

U19
FISTF Rankings Nov 2017 movement – U19ASIA

U15
FISTF Rankings Nov 2017 movement – U15ASIA

U12
FISTF Rankings Nov 2017 movement – U12ASIA

Veterans
FISTF Rankings Nov 2017 movement – Vets ASIA

ATFA Board By Election

tardiotta, giuseppe web 400As you may be aware, a legend of table football’s resurgence in Australia, Giuseppe Tardiota, will soon be moving back to his native Italy. Giuseppe, from the Brisbane Subbuteo Club, was the first player in the current era in Australia to travel interstate for tournaments, flying to Melbourne and Sydney regularly before there were any competitions happening in Brisbane. This set the scene for others to follow in terms of moving around to play. He then went on to form the Brisbane Subbuteo Club, while still keeping up his regular travels. As one of the foundations of ATFA, Giuseppe’s friendly manner and passionate play will be sorely missed.

Since the beginning of 2017, Giuseppe has also served wonderfully as an ATFA Board Member. As he will no longer be with us, we will be holding a by election to choose a replacement to fill his position. Calls are now being taken for this position. The position is that of General Committee Member and is open to all Open ATFA members living in Australia. All decisions made by the ATFA Board are always made following discussions amongst the entire Board until a unanimous decision is reached, so your voice in this position will be vital.

If you would like to nominate yourself for the position, please fill in the required details below. The details you give will be published for all members to be able to see to help them as they vote.

Nominations will close at midnight on Sunday, Dec, 3, with the vote to follow over the following week.

Games starts to grow in New Zealand

It was a beautiful spring day that trans-Tasman rivalry took shape in Sports Table Football.
Adrian Connolly of Melbourne Club Western Flickers was in the “land of the long white cloud” and took the opportunity to fly down from Auckland to the Middle Earth of Table Football, Palmerston North.
Some friendly warm up games over fesh and cheps (otherwise known as fish and chips elsewhere in the world 🙂 ) were held between local champion Ignacio Lopez and Adrian the night before the big event, which was held on Saturday 28th October.
Three local players took on Adrian – the host and local champion Ignacio Lopez, Rodrigo Cardenas, and David Pacheco. Jokes about Chile’s lack of qualification for the FIFA World Cup were not allowed, though that didn’t always stop David (of Mexican decent)!


A round robin format was adopted, with the top two playing off in the final, and the bottom two competing for 3rd/4th positions.
In the first round Adrian stamped his early authority on the competition with a 5-0 win over Ignacio to the shock of local competitors. Rodrigo took the other clash 1-0 over David
In the remaining rounds Adrian took quite a liking to the “home made” pitch created by Ignacio’s brother!
Commercial fields should get advice on how to do line markings from him.
Meanwhile, Ignacio set himself up on his Chilean home ground Pegasus surface. Both Adrian and Ignacio comfortably accounted for their opponents who are were learning the game. Games also served as coaching exercises for the newcomers who both showed early promise and sound defensive blocking techniques.
Rodrigo took out the 3rd/4th play off with a comfortable 2-0 win.
The final though was a close and tense affair between Adrian and Ignacio with the latter rising to the occasion.
Adrian took an early lead but later in the half Ignacio equalised to go into the break level at 1-1.


However, straight from the flick off, Adrian recaptured his lead. The tension increased when Ignacio again equalised. Adrian went straight on the attack again and soon regained his lead. In the end Adrian was happy to walk away with the 3-2 win in a final the fitting finale of the first ever trans-Tasman tournament.
Watching the rapid improvement of the local players was the biggest highlight of the event.
A big thank you to Ignacio and his family for their hospitality.
Let’s hope that soon the Australian-New Zealand rivalry grows even further.

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(Story by Adrian Connolly)

ATFA National Uniform

In 2017 we created our first official ATFA national playing strip. They are manufactured by the Melbourne-based Konqa company. All players are welcome to buy the strip (and non-players, too!), not just those officially representing Australia in competition.

The new ATFA kits in use as Australia takes on Japan at the recent Asian Cup

The new ATFA kits in use as Australia takes on Japan at the recent Asian Cup

We still have a limited number of shirts available, they will cost $60AUD and are available in the following sizes:

  • Medium
  • Large
  • X-Large
  • XX-Large

Please note that Konqa designs tend to be slimmer fit than usual, so order a size up if you are unsure. A comprehensive sizing guide for Konqa can be found by clicking this link – http://www.konqa.com.au/size-overview/

To place an order, please e-mail subbuteoaustralia@gmail.com with your name, shirt size and postage details. 

Payment of $60 will need to be made to:
Account Name : Australian Table Football Association
Bank Name : National Australia Bank
Account Number : 980742375
BSB : 082088

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